Mark Tessler

Research Faculty


Research Professor, Center for Political Studies
Samuel J. Eldersveld Professor, Department of Political Science


Ph.D. 1969 Northwestern University (Political Science)


Mark Tessler’s Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Institute for Social Research (ISR), University of Michigan
Room 4258, 426 Thompson Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104–2321, United States

Phone: 734–615–7384
Fax: 734–764–3341

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Professor Tessler specializes in Comparative Politics and Middle East Studies. He has studied and/or conducted field research in Tunisia, Israel, Morocco, Egypt, and Palestine (West Bank and Gaza). He is one of the very few American scholars to have attended university and lived for extended periods in both the Arab world and Israel. He has also spent several years teaching and consulting in Sub-Saharan Africa. Many of Professor Tessler's scholarly publications examine the nature, determinants, and political implications of attitudes and values held by ordinary citizens the Middle East. Professor Tessler has also written extensively on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Selected publications. Please also see Mark Tessler’s Curriculum Vitae (CV)...

Robbins, Michael and Tessler, M., The Effect of Elections on Public Opinion toward Democracy: Evidence from Longitudinal Survey Research in Algeria, in Comparative Political Studies, 45 (October 2012): 1255-76

Tessler, M., Public Opinion in the Middle East: Survey Research and the Political Orientations of Ordinary Citizens. 2011, Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press.

Tessler, M., Religion, Religiosity and the Place of Islam in Political Life: Insights from the Arab Barometer Surveys, in Middle East Law and Governance, 2 (2010): 221-252.

Tessler, M., A History of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, 2nd edition, 2009, Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

Tessler, M. and Eleanor Gao, Democracy and the Political Culture Orientations of Ordinary Citizens: A Typology for the Arab World and Beyond, in International Social Science Journal (UNESCO), 192 (2009): 197-207.